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Leona Theis
Audience Age Groups
Secondary (Grades 10-12)

Leona Theis

Leona Theis writes novels, short stories and creative nonfiction. Her work has won awards and been shortlisted across Canada. She is a winner of the CBC Literary Award and two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her collection of interlocking stories, Sightlines, presents a portrait of a small town. Her most recent full-length book, The Art of Salvage, a novel set in Saskatoon, is about messing up and finding hope. Leona was born and raised in Saskatchewan. Every once in a while she goes off to live Elsewhere, but right now she lives in Saskatoon with her husband and son. Her work has been described as "funny and sad at the same time." Sort of like life. She is grateful to playwright Colleen Murphy for reminding her (as an attendee at a Writers Guild conference session) that our responsibility as writers is to delve. She balances her work as a writer with freelance editing work and with mentoring emerging writers. Leona's favourite places to write are the Broadway Roastery in Saskatoon, St. Peter's Abbey in Meunster SK and a lakeside cabin in the boreal forest.

Workshops Offered

Delving Deep
Group Size: 5-20
Year: 0
How to get underneath the surface of your material. Participants will create new material they can later develop as poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama. Suitable for high school students or adults. Terrific for writing groups.


The Occupations of Muriel Thompson

JackPine Press, 2008

The Art of Salvage

Coteau Books, 2006


Coteau Books, 2000

Coming Attractions 98

(with Gabriella Goliger and Darryl Whetter) Oberon Press, 1998


Category: Literary Journal
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
Category: Literary Journal
Malahat Review
Category: Literary Journal
McGill Street Magazine
Category: Literary Journal
Prairie Fire
Category: Literary Journal
The Fiddlehead
Category: Literary Journal

Broadcast Works

Between the Covers, CBC Radio national, 2007-2007
Occupations of Muriel Thompson (creative nonfiction)
The Arts Tonight with Eleanor Wachtel, CBC Radio national, 2007-2007
Between the Covers, CBC Radio national, 1998-1998
Traces (commissioned short story for Festival of Fiction)
Ambience, CBC Radio SK, 1997-1997
The Stuff that Makes You Lift Cars
Ambience, CBC Radio SK, 1993-1993
Home-Made Maps (short story)


  • Literary
  • Memoir


  • Copyediting
  • Substantive/Structural Editing
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